Macdara Woods and Bealtaine Writers Residency, 2010
May - September 2010
Culture Night, 24 September 2010: final exhibition and reading
This year Dublin City Arts Office, Dublin City Public Libraries and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane are teaming up on a dynamic Writer in Residence Programme in partnership with Poetry Ireland. Macdara Woods, Irish poet, has published 16 books with New Writers' Press, Gallery Press and Daedalus Press, among others. He has read poems from San Francisco to Moscow and is a member of Aosdana. He will work alongside the Bealtaine Writers Group, a group of older writers who have been working together for over 10 years and meet on a regular basis in The Dublin Writers Centre. Since January 2008 the writers have been in residence at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and have been writing poems for adults and children in reponse to the Gallery's collection and exhibitions.
Woods and the Bealtaine Writers Group shall jointly explore the Dublin City Archives, located in Pearse Street Library, containing records of the civc government of Dublin rfom 1171 to the late 20th century. The group will explore all forms of writing, from historic fiction to journalistic prose. A celebration of the fruits of this creative partnership will take place in Pearse Street Library as part of Culture Night on 24 September 2010.